Thursday, 20 September 2012

Skeleton could prove coup for maligned King Richard III

Karen Ladniuk of the Richard III Society cleans a path made from reused medieval tiles during an excavation.
University of Leicester via AP
The discovery under a parking lot of a battle-scarred skeleton may restore the reputation of arguably Britain's most maligned king and lead to a royal burial five centuries late.

"There has been a lot of debate on almost every aspect of Richard III's life, appearance, personality and death," said historian John Ashdown Hill, whose book, "The Last Days of Richard III," explores the final 150 days of the king's life before he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

"The remains won't clarify everything, but they will be part of the process of getting back to original, authentic, documentary evidence rather than being misled by the propaganda that spread after his death," he said.
 
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